Instead of carpet in the family room, tile in the kitchen, and hardwood in the den, many homeowners (especially those whose homes have open floor plans) are opting for expansive areas of a single flooring material. As such, choosing a floor that will pull together a large space without being overwhelming is key. Low maintenance is important, too. Try these options to get just the right look.

Expanding its hand-sculpted hardwood offering, Inverness hardwood flooring is available in cherry, hickory, or maple, and offers the look of a hand-planed floor with the benefits of modern manufacturing technology. Hand-rubbed glazing and unique distressing add character, while the ScratchResist coating offers durability. The flooring is backed by a 25-year warranty.

The maker's Country collection has been expanded with the addition of reddish-brown Malaysian Merbau and golden Worn Oak (shown), bringing the collection to 10 designs. A proprietary “contour artisanal” technique creates recessed edges on all sides of the laminate planks, resulting in a look similar to authentic hand-scraped floors. To ensure a pleasing sound and feel underfoot, Country collection planks measure 3/8-inch thick. Both new offerings are available in 6-inch planks.

Mountain Lumber Co.
Having acquired a limited supply of wood planks originally used to make beer vats in Guinness' Dublin, Ireland, brewery, the maker is importing 25,000 board feet of English brown oak to mill into Entique Guinness Oak flooring. Craftsman have carefully saved details that show the reclaimed wood's history, such as wedges tapped in to strengthen knots in the wood, and accents left from iron brands that once marked the vats. The warm-colored flooring ranges in hues from golden brown to dark brown.

Bruce Hardwood Floors.
The Turlington Lock&Fold collection offers popular hardwood species that install an average of 30% faster than traditional hardwood floors, the maker says. NextGen engineered technology offers double the lock strength of traditional laminate and hardwood floors, and eliminates the need for glue, nails, or staples. Crafted of 100% genuine hardwood, the collection is available in 3- and 5-inch oak, maple, or hickory planks, or 5-inch cherry or walnut planks.

Blending the look of river rock, marble, and ceramic tile, GemStone is the newest addition to the Nafco PermaStone luxury vinyl tile series. Available in colors including pearl, smoky quartz, jade, jasper, amethyst, and alexandrite, the 16-inch square tiles achieve the look of a grouted floor with 1/8-inch grout lines from the GroutFit system. A urethane finish and embedded wear layer discourage scrapes, scratches, and wear. The pattern carries a 20-year warranty for residential use.
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